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Special moves: Bears sign kick returner Darius Reynaud, waive punter, long snapper
The Bears turned their search for a kick returner to the free-agent market, signing veteran Darius Reynaud to a one-year deal on Monday night.
Reynaud’s signing comes just days after the Bears cut Eric Weems. He’ll join a competition at returner that currently features Micheal Spurlock, Chris Williams, Michael Ford and Armanti Edwards.
“As the return goes, we’re working through those things as we go,” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. “Spurlock is here. He’s had some production in the league, so he’s really the first one at bat right now.”
Reynaud also has had production in the league. He appeared in 48 games over six seasons with the Vikings, Giants, Titans and Jets. In his career, he’s returned 102 punts for 985 yards and two touchdowns and 104 kickoffs for 2,347 yards and a touchdown.
In 2012, Reynaud has his best season in 2012, leading the NFL in total kick return yards with 1,650 (1,240 kickoff yards and 410 punt). He also was tied for the league lead in total kick return touchdowns with three (two on punts).
The Bears made some other moves on special teams Monday night. The team waived long snapper Chad Rempel and punter Tress Way. In other words, long snapper Brandon Hartson and punter Pat O’Donnell have won their competitions.
The Bears also signed cornerback Peyton Thompson, who went undrafted out of San Jose State in 2012. He spent the last two seasons on the Redskins’ and Falcons’ practice squads.